God’s Will in Dark Times

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Devotional

Acts 28:30-31, “The Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.”

So ends the book of Acts. The apostle Paul is basically under house arrest for preaching the gospel, and confined to Rome. From one perspective, those who opposed Paul in Jerusalem might claim that they had won. After all, Paul wasn’t free to attempt to convert Jews around Jerusalem any longer, nor was he free to traverse the Roman countryside turning the world upside-down with the gospel. Yet if we look at this from God’s perspective, there’s no doubt Who the winner is. Jesus’ purpose in bringing Paul to Rome to preach the gospel was accomplished (and at the Emperor’s expense, no less!), and Paul was free to preach and teach every day. What the world considered to be imprisonment was actually freedom for Paul because Paul was smack-dab in the center of God’s will, and the glory of God was made known to all.

So often, that seems to be the way it is. We’re placed into a situation that from one perspective might seem dark and dismal, yet if we look hard enough, we might see the sovereign will of God being accomplished right before our very eyes. Had God stepped off the throne by allowing Paul to go to Rome? Heaven forbid we think so! It was absolutely God’s will that Paul go to Rome because there he would be free to preach the gospel – even to the household of the Roman emperor himself!

What is it that God is accomplishing through your situation? What is it that seems dismal & perhaps even hopeless now, that may actually be God’s sovereign allowance for you to see Him glorified in magnificent ways? Keep in mind that this was the case even with our Lord Jesus. From the disciples’ perspective, they couldn’t fathom that their Messiah would suffer and be killed. Peter even went so far as to rebuke Jesus for teaching that it would be so. Yet the suffering of Jesus was according to the plan of God to show forth the glory and grace of God. If Jesus had never suffered, He would have never been raised from the grave. If He had never been raised from the grave, our faith and hope would be in vain. Praise God that Jesus DID suffer and die, in order that the glory and grace of God would be made known!

How does God desire to show forth His glory in your life? May we not be guilty of kicking against the goads, but rather seeking God’s will in everything that God sovereignly allows us to endure.

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